[glawr-ee-uhs, glohr-]


delightful; wonderful; completely enjoyable: to have a glorious time at the circus.
conferring glory: a glorious victory.
full of glory; entitled to great renown: England is glorious in her poetry.
brilliantly beautiful or magnificent; splendid: a glorious summer day.
Archaic. blissfully drunk.

Origin of glorious

1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French glorieus < Latin glōriōsus. See glory, -ous
Related formsglo·ri·ous·ly, adverbglo·ri·ous·ness, nounqua·si-glo·ri·ous, adjectivequa·si-glo·ri·ous·ly, adverbsu·per·glo·ri·ous, adjectivesu·per·glo·ri·ous·ly, adverbsu·per·glo·ri·ous·ness, nounun·glo·ri·ous, adjectiveun·glo·ri·ous·ly, adverb

Synonyms for glorious

Antonyms for glorious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for glorious

Contemporary Examples of glorious

Historical Examples of glorious

  • What a glorious double stroke it would be, after all their years of trying.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • High above the roadside he had engraved an account of his glorious deeds.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • History tells us of glorious friendships in the ancient world.

  • But be this as it may, there is a present likelihood of room for glorious mischief.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • All in all, Gray Peter was a glorious machine; Sally was a tricky intelligence.

British Dictionary definitions for glorious



having or full of glory; illustrious
conferring glory or renowna glorious victory
brilliantly beautiful
delightful or enjoyable
informal drunk
Derived Formsgloriously, adverbgloriousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for glorious

late 13c., from Anglo-French glorious, Old French glorieus (12c., Modern French glorieux), from Latin gloriosus "full of glory, famous," from gloria (see glory). In 14c.-17c. it also could mean "boastful, vainglorious." Related: Gloriously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper